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What does it mean?

It is about promoting an environment which respects and acknowledges the dignity of each human being, and where people feel valued and safe. We believe that every person has a value and dignity which derives from their creation in the image and likeness of God. This implies a duty to value all people and protect them from harm. Harm can be caused by physical, psychological, spiritual, or emotional abuse or neglect, and sexual abuse or exploitation.

The Gospel values of love, dignity and justice as demonstrated by Jesus remind us that safeguarding, especially of children and adults when they are vulnerable is an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.

As members of the Body of Christ we are all called to participate in developing a Safeguarding culture where everything we do will pose the question, ďIs this safe for the people of our parish and wider community?Ē This requires collaboration, vigilance and a proactive approach through policies, practices, and procedures. Our safeguarding team has been set up to assist the Parish Pastoral Council in coordinating our Safeguarding ministry.

An important aspect of Safeguarding is responding to complaints of harm or abuse. The National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) is responsible for responding to complaints of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by clergy and members of religious orders in New Zealand. NOPS can be contacted directly on 0800 114 622.

Please feel free to contact our parish Safeguarding Coordinators, Maureen Grimes and Kathryn Perumal should you have any Safeguarding queries, concerns, or complaints.


Safeguarding Contacts for HBCP:

Maureen Grimes
0223252163 or email: maureen.grimes@gmail.com and

Kathryn Perumal
0212644188 or email: kathryn_perumal@yahoo.com

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